Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Freezer Paper Stencils on the Silhouette

Today I going to share with you all this cute little onesie I made for a good friend who recently had her baby. I had seen a shirt like this on our last visit to San Francisco and though it was the funniest thing ever, and so I want to see if I could make one too. I absolutely love how it turned out and so easy to do. 
I didn't have any heat transfer material on hand so I thought I would try using freezer paper. Recently, I had cut out some stencils from freezer paper for a friend who wanted to make some shirts for her husband's band. So I thought I could do the same for this project and show you all how too! (Thanks Amanda for the inspiration)

Here is what you will need:
Silhouette Cameo
Shirt - in this case a onesie (pre-washed)
Freezer Paper
Fabric Paint
Foam Brush
Iron




Here is how...
  • First, I created my image on the Silhouette SDE using basic shapes and a font that looked like the iPod font. 
  • Then I loaded cutting mat with the freezer paper, shinny side down. (If you choose to do shinny side up you will need to reverse your image). 
  • I set my speed to 3 and thickness was set to 20. (I had to do a few test cuts until I found the setting I liked).



Here's what  it looked like once the freezer paper was cut... a few snags, no big deal! (My blade was brand new, but my mat was not (if it's too sticky it may tear the paper). Do not throw away any little piece of paper, you will need it when you transfer the paper to the fabric to keep everything lined up properly.


  • Once you have the paper lined up how you like on the fabric, iron on the freezer paper (do not use a steam setting). 
  • On the inside of the shirt place another piece of freezer paper shinny face up. Iron it on, ensuring that the piece is covering the entire area to be painted. This will prevent bleeding to the back of the shirt. You may also want to use a cardboard for extra protection and to keep the shirt surface straight and flat.



Flood the image by blotting the area to be painted with a foam brush. Do not brush the paint on as it may cause bleeding underneath the freezer paper. Allow the paint to dry before applying another coat. Dry time is dependent on the paint you use, follow the directions on the fabric paint bottle. That's it, now just let the paint completely dry before removing the freezer paper.


Here is a close up of the onesie! I think it turned out pretty awesome, if you are looking for perfect I would recommend using heat transfer material (a bit more pricy). But if your not, this technique will work just as well!

Hope I've inspired you to go and create some fun projects using freezer paper!  

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